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New ‘High Country Hunter’ magazine a must-have

Rattlin' the Rim

Journalists from the White Mountain Independent and Payson Roundup have teamed up to publish the first-rate magazine “High Country Hunter” that this scribe predicts will soon be on the must-have list of every Arizona outdoors person.

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Rim Country holidays – Flag Day

Flag Day was created by an act of Congress on June 14, 1877 to honor the flag of the United States, but it was not a national holiday and certainly not the kind of holiday that brought cowboys in from the ranches.

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Fulton Fire uncomfortably close to the Creek

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek is just a stone’s throw from the Fulton Fire — a mere six miles. Last Saturday’s triggered ignition brought about thick smoke in town on Sunday morning.

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Getting those checkups before end of year

The Village

Have you ever felt like a human pincushion or a scientific medical experiment? That is how I have felt all this month. First, my arteries were checked out, with a suspicion of possible osteoporosis.

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When the wilds call some of us have to answer – Part 3

Your Turn

Last week I wrote about the adventure of getting stuck on an ice floe in Iceland.

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Village quiets with new season

The Village

The Village is so quiet — I can even sit on my front porch without hearing those loud toys running up and down Johnson.

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Rim Holidays - Mother's Day

Back When

Mother’s Day in Rim Country was hardly a time for light-hearted celebration because so many pioneer children died.

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When the wilds call some of us have to answer – Part 2

Your Turn

Last week I broke off at the point where I had reached Iceland, where the sight of the midnight blue Arctic Ocean lying in one direction and a range of snow-clad mountains in the other had told me I was in for some great hiking, but then I learned that the only way we were allowed off base was in a blue Class-A uniform armed with a pass to a town or city! 

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Fire on the Rim race weekend is here

Rattlin' the Rim

A full year of preparation and planning for the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race culminates at noon today, Friday, Sept. 16, with the opening of a free campground, which many racers and spectators will call home for the weekend.

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Signs of changing seasons making a subtle show

Another Week in the Creek

Christopher Creek woke up to a thunderstorm last Monday morning foreshadowing perhaps the end of a strange monsoon. Early next week may be the last of it.

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Elk bugle in Rim Country this time of year

Outdoors Under the Rim

When the bull elk begin to sound off in the Rim Country, one knows that fall is in the air. Not only is autumn approaching, but also the elk herd has begun the mating season as bulls begin to become vocal, declaring an interest in gathering a mate.

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Village turned into Tent City over holiday weekend

The Village

The Village was in the holiday spirit for Labor Day weekend. Many of the part-time residents took the risk of going through the mass migration to the high country.

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Rim Country holidays - Easter

Back When

When the Mormons settled up and down Pine Creek in 1877 they were already a congregation, having come to the Rim Country at the behest of their bishop.

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A day trip to Boyer Cabin

Jeepin' in Rim Country

A while back we took you on a trip with the Rim Country 4 Wheelers (RC4W) to an old remote cabin. Today we are going to do it again, and our destination this time is going to be an old ranch place called Boyer Cabin, north and east of Roosevelt Lake.

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Mountain bikers pre-ride Fire on the Rim course

Rattlin' the Rim

Mountain bikers from around the state have been descending on Pine and Strawberry each weekend to pre-ride the challenging Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race course which is 15 miles per lap with an elevation gain of 2,421 feet.

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